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February 4, 2012

First Half Too Much For Gophers, Mariners Win Second Straight

TOWSON, Md. – The United States Merchant Marine Academy put up a 40-21 lead after the first half en route to defeating Goucher College 73-62, on Friday night. The Mariners improved to 4-6 in Landmark Conference play and 9-12 overall, while the Gophers remain winless in Landmark Conference matchups at 0-10, and fall to 3-17 overall.

First half action saw no lead changes and only one tie in the early minutes of the game, as the Mariners dominated Gophers. The Gophers put up only 21 points on 8-31 shooting while the Mariners nearly doubled the Goucher score, putting up 41 points on 13-23 shooting and were 6-12 from three-point range. The Mariners were also 8-15 from the foul line in the half while the Gophers only made it to the line twice, going 1-2.

In the second half, the Gophers cut the Mariner lead to 13 with 16:57 remaining, due in large part to more trips to the free-throw line. Freshman Troy Parker Jr., senior Marcus Cotton, and junior Trae Lindsay all made two free-throws each as the Gophers shot for 85% from the free-throw line in the second half. The Mariners refused to let up however, keeping pace with the Gophers and maintaining a steady double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. At the end of regulation, the Mariners defeated the Gophers, 73-62.

Though the Gophers improved from the foul line in the second half, bringing their free-throw percentage to 81.8% for the night, they were still outdone in field goal percentage as the Mariners shot 26-51, good enough for 51%. The Gophers were 18-54 in field goals, shooting only 33.3% on the night.

Sophomore Reed Buck led the Mariners in scoring with 24 points on 8-14 shooting and 6-8 from the free-throw line. Senior Denver Effland also added 11 points on 4-6 shooting.

Marcus Cotton led the scoring for the Gophers with 25 points on 8-10 shooting, 5-6 from the foul line, and was a perfect 4-4 from three-point range. Troy Parker Jr. added 13 points and was also 5-6 in free-throws.

Up next for the United States Merchant Marine Academy is another Landmark Conference matchup against Catholic University as the Mariners finish out their road trip on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.